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The Greatest TV Shows That Parody Hollywood 

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Updated April 9, 2020 744 votes 190 voters 8.2k views 29 items

Though you may not always realize it, Hollywood likes to take the occasional jab at itself. Whether it's a comedic look at actors working in Hollywood or a TV show offers a parody of the industry that mirrors what actually happens behind the scenes, there are quite a few TV shows about Hollywood and the people working there. TV shows that parody Hollywood can sit comfortably within the realm of comedy or hop over to drama and any other genre you might think of. In short, when it comes to parody TV shows, there are plenty that target Hollywood and the crazy world it is— and the very best have been compiled here!

Series like HBO's Entourage show what life is like for a burgeoning film star while focusing on the behind the scenes aspects of life in the city. A more animated parody exists thanks to Netflix's Bojack Horseman, which offers a glimpse into what happens when a star is on the outs and looking to make a comeback. Even the dark comedy Barry looks at how wanting to be an actor in Hollywood compicates your life. Whatever genre you prefer, there is certainly something good to watch that parodies Hollywood. 

For more recommendations, browse this list and feel free to add any similar shows and movies you think are missing!

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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows That Parody Hollywood
Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro

Premiered: 2015

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Entourage is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows That Parody Hollywood
Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon

Premiered: 2004

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Californication is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows That Parody Hollywood
David Duchovny, Natascha McElhone, Evan Handler

Premiered: 2007

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Barry is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows That Parody Hollywood
Barry Bill Hader, Stephen Root, Sarah Goldberg

Premiered: 2018

Barry (HBO, 2018) is an American television comedy series created by Bill Hader and Alec Berg. An ex-marine (Bill Hader) who is working as a low-rent hitman moves to Los Angeles and joins an ...more

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Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows That Parody Hollywood
Liev Schreiber, Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan

Premiered: 2013

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BoJack Horseman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows That Parody Hollywood
Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie

Premiered: 2014

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Curb Your Enthusiasm is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows That Parody Hollywood
Larry David, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin

Premiered: 2000

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Get Shorty is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows That Parody Hollywood
Chris O'Dowd, Ray Romano, Sean Bridgers
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Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows That Parody Hollywood
Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi

Premiered: 2003

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30 Rock is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows That Parody Hollywood
Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan

Premiered: 2006

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Episodes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows That Parody Hollywood
Matt LeBlanc, Tamsin Greig, Stephen Mangan

Premiered: 2011

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The Larry Sanders Show ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows That Parody Hollywood
Garry Shandling, Jeffrey Tambor, Wallace Langham

Premiered: 1992

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It's Garry Shandling's S... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows That Parody Hollywood
Garry Shandling, Molly Cheek, Michael Tucci

Premiered: 1986

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The Beverly Hillbillies ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows That Parody Hollywood
Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan

Premiered: 1962

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I'm Poppy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows That Parody Hollywood
Poppy, Samm Levine, Dan Hildebrand
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The Monkees is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows That Parody Hollywood
Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith
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Community is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows That Parody Hollywood
Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi

Premiered: 2009

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Cybill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows That Parody Hollywood
Cybill Shepherd, Christine Baranski, Alicia Witt

Premiered: 1995

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Lethal Weapon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows That Parody Hollywood
Lethal Weapon Damon Wayans, Clayne Crawford, Jordana Brewster

Premiered: 2016

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Two and a Half Men is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows That Parody Hollywood
Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher, Angus T. Jones

Premiered: 2003

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Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess

Premiered: 2015

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This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows That Parody Hollywood
Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown

Premiered: 2016

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Joey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows That Parody Hollywood
Matt LeBlanc, Paulo Costanzo, Drea de Matteo

Premiered: 2004

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Charlie's Angels is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows That Parody Hollywood
Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith

Premiered: 1976

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Boomtown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows That Parody Hollywood
Lana Parrilla, Donnie Wahlberg, Neal McDonough

Premiered: 2002

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